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. assassination in afghanistan. mandy -- mandy clark reports that president garzy's brother was gunned down. cynthia bowers in a city so strapped it's firing cops as soon as they get their badge. and the first, first lady of the modern age, bill whitaker remembers betty ford who forever changed how america views the white house. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley reporting tonight from washington. >> pelley: good evening. it was a striking thing, today, to hear the president of the united states say that he cannot guarantee the 27 million social security checks that you are due to be mailed august 3rd. august 3rd is the day after the government will default on its debts if democrats and republicans do not agree to increase the nation's borrowing limit. both sides say they won't raise the limit without a deal to massively cut the federal deficit. a u.s. default would shake the world economy. the stakes could not be higher. time is growing short. in our interview, president obama said the situation is dangerous. >> we met the president this morning at
with an assassination in afghanistan. the powerful half-brother of afghan president hamid karzai was murdered this morning. officials say that ahmed wali karzai was shot to death by one of his own bodyguards at his home in kandahar. cbs news correspondent mandy clark is there. >> god willing there will be an answer of pain and suffering on the people, and peace and security will be implemented in our country so that no other afghan family will go through such pains that we all have suffered. >> reporter: ahmed wali karzai was a controversial figure. he was widely seen as the de facto governor of kandahar province, giving orders to public officials behind the scenes, but more importantly in this society, solving tribal disputes. over the years there were persistent reports that he was involved in drug trafficking. in an interview last year with cbs news, he dismissed those allegations. >> no one came up with any proof that i am involved in any illegal activity. >> reporter: the security situation here is mixed. the taliban do not operate freely in the city, but have launched occasional spectac
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